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Shout for Joy

An audience of over app.125 people delighted in the wonderful music of the University of St. Michael’s Liturgical Choir, whose voices were raised on March 29, 2007 at Brennan Hall on St. Mary Street. Father Bob Madden CSB introduced the “Shout for Joy” concert and gave the reason for the evening, “To provide help and hope to Haiti.” The 12 young women and eight young men sang such favourites as “Be Thou My Vision” and “The Storm is Passing Over” accompanied by their pianist. Together, they raised over $1200.00.

Walking with Newcomers

Becoming Neighbours

Nineteen Roman Catholic Men and Women Religious congregations have come together to assist immigrants and refugees as friends, guides and mentors during their initial adjustment to the country. They have established Becoming Neighbours, a "joint apostolic ministry" — the first such effort in the city of Toronto.

"As religious congregations, we have always cooperated in many ways," said Father Peter McKenna SCJ, Director of Becoming Neighbours, "But we have never before collaborated in this way on a program."

Nature And Art As Meditation

During the month of February 2007, Betty Lou Knox CSJ is displaying her artwork at The Faculty Club of the University of Toronto at 41 Willcocks Street. (One of her paintings, Openings, is shown to the right.) Here is how she sees her art…

The beauty of the Ottawa Valley and the wonder of British Columbia’s mountains, where I lived for many years, inspired me with an appreciation of God's work of art. Becoming aware of nature led me to the realization of our interconnectedness with all of creation.

A Sponsorship Success Story

Throughout the past year, I have searched for signs of light in the midst of darkness in Haiti. The sponsorship program to help children start or continue school was one bright light. In 2006, amid the more than 166 students in school, seven were successful in national exams to complete primary school. This may not seem like a major accomplishment; however, just one of their stories will show that it is.

Theology on Tap – Monday, Jan. 22, 2007

The topic was “Dying to Live:  Desperate and Dangerous Immigration on the US-Mexico Border”. Hilary Cunningham and Stephen Scharper, Associate Professors at the University of Toronto, seen above, presented an insightful talk on their experiences at the border and the underlying theology in border issues. Below, a participant shares his thoughts on the talk:

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